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Oct 29, 2012 12:00am PDT
to get out the vote. at mitt romney's own excited troops. the gush of tv ads inundating the swing states. both sides with cy war and romney forces call charge, we're winning, join us or be left behind. if you don't vote we could have bush versus gore all over again. the economy, stupid. friday the last jobs report before the election. last month, it gave the president a boost. will the october number matter more? i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, "time" magazine's joe klein. the bbc's katty kay. cnbc's kelly evans. and "the washington post's" david ignatius. first up, we're staring down at the wind tunnel now but historic perfect political storm in the coming nine days of this campaign. and these closing days when we played out in mind games on both sides. the president saying he jist wants to hold on -- he just wants to hold on. >> what we have is a lead that we've maintained throughout this campaign. and we are going to just continue to drive home the message that there are two fundamentally different choices in this election. about where we take the countr
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Oct 22, 2012 12:00am PDT
obama wins, what will get the credit? same for romney, what would have done it for him? what would history say were the key factors in making one guy the winner and the other the loser? did the campaign party or was it reality that made the call? >> there's a 1950's to mitt romney's feel it's where women stay home. will this be a turn-off in the 21st century or where women vote for the businessman that promises jobs. [captioning made possible by nbc universal] chris: i'm chris matthews. with me today michael duffy, andrea mitchell, kathleen parker and john harris. what will win the difference? for president obama, here's a short must-do list for the two weeks ahead. number one project what he's done into the positive future. ramp up that positive message. obama backs the middle-class. romney can't wait to help the rich. in monday night's debate especially on the issue of libya. and here's a list for romney, keep asking voters are you better off? present yourself as a strong fixer of voters' economic troubles. and look like a commander in chief. this is a tightened race and romney m
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Oct 21, 2012 8:00am PDT
gap in his favor among women by attacking his opponent. >> governor romney wants to take up policies more suited to the 1950s. >> this president has failed america's women. they've suffered in terms of getting jobs. >> looking at the record and looking forward. what will tomorrow's final showdown mean for the final days? we hear from both campaigns this morning. for governor romney, senator marco rubio from the all-important state of florida. for the president, david axelrod. and later, ohio republican senator rob portman. romney's debate sparring partner. joining us live from the debate site. >>> plus, our roundtable weighs in. from "the new york times," columnist tom friedman. and white house correspondent helean cooper. nd former white house press secretary for president clinton dee dee myers.ne cooper. and former white house press secretary for president clinton dee dee myers. >>> from nbc news in washington, it's "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll for where this race stands, chuck todd has the numbers. this is signifi
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Oct 22, 2012 3:00am PDT
other things inside the numbers here, david. in the midwest, romney a narrow lead, but way inside the margin of error. and among all of the collective battleground states a little bit of a lead for mitt romney. speaking of the battleground, i want to go there a minute. if you look at where both campaigns think each is ahead, the south, you've got to give it to romney here. they think narrowly ahead. for the president, they think nevada looks good for him and new hampshire. so then you look where is this race getting decided? those four states. colorado, david, might be the closest in the country, but it's the midwest. that is the ticket to 270 elect oral votes. >>> we'll be talking about these numbers as we get more. chuck, thank you for much. >>> joining me now, republican senator of florida marco rubio. senator, welcome back to "meet the press." >> glad to be back. thank you. >> let's talk where chuck left off about florida. looking at the president's schedule, he looks to be focusing a bit more on ohio. in your judgment, you've seen the numbers. is florida romney red at this po
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Oct 29, 2012 3:00am PDT
colorado. let's look at governor romney's schedule. it's ohio today. it was supposed to be virginia today, but he moved all of those events to ohio because of the storm. look where he's spending monday. it's the midwest. it's where they feel they have to pick off a couple states. it's not just ohio. it's ohio plus something else. >> as i talked to the romney campaign, they were emphasizing this momentum. they feel the debates gave him a second look to carry him through election day. obama folks, look at the electoral map map. we could be in for quite a finish if they are both right. >> they are both right. we talked the popular vote. polling out today, if you look at the president's lead for instance on the west coast in california, the lead has been cut in half. i have done back to the envelope map. romney makes up 6 million, 7 million, 8 million votes. he could pick up a bunch of votes in the non-battleground states. go to the battleground. i'll show how easy it is. if you take today's polls, the president is winning in virginia. wisconsin is on the ground. it leans toward the pre
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Oct 23, 2012 4:00am PDT
mitt romney, there are just 14 days left before american voters choose their next president. and according to a cbs news instant poll of uncommitted voters, president obama was a clear two-to-one victor with 53% saying he won. governor romney got 23%. 24% called it a tie. a cnn orc international poll called the debate a little closer with 48% saying obama won while 40% picked obama. for more on last night's heated foreign policy debate we go now to nbc's steve handlesman. he's in florida for us. steve, good morning. >> reporter: hi, lynn. thanks. good morning from boca raton, florida. well, the debate here last night was clearly the most combative so far. though surprising to some, not on the issue of libya. but mitt romney was able to make his larger point, his claim that america is weaker now overseas than it was four years ago. mitt romney and barack obama came to their third and final debate tied in national polls, but their tv audience seemed sure to be smaller. baseball's national league playoffs and monday night football got millions of viewers who missed the face-off in f
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Oct 24, 2012 5:30pm PDT
to be. our exclusive look at the race behind the scenes >>> also on the trail with the romney campaign, and tonight, why he is having to respond to a candidate's comments about race. >>> plus, what it is like living in the most hotly contested battleground state. under assault, 24 hours a day, gatheri ining storm, the hurric season >>> and breathtaking, an awesome new view of the grand canyon like you have never seen it before. nightly news begins now >>> good evening, i'm lester holt, sitting in for brian tonight, with the presidential race locked in a tie for the polls, president obama and governor romney are engaged in a fast and furious campaign blitz, the president launching an assault in some of the places vital to his election. he is on a two day trip, it will take him to eight states spending the night on air force one. romney is calling it a sign of being desperate, even as romney was racking up his own air miles. we'll check in with the romney camp, but first, brian williams has been given full access to the campaign swing. he checks in tonight from denver. >> report
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Oct 25, 2012 5:30pm PDT
romney campaign in battleground ohio, and we're just off air force one after a solid day of flying coast to coast. >>> the scan explosive allegations against the popular television host. the scandal that has viewers in great britain stunned. >>> and over-caffeinated, what is in the stuff millions of us buy, and why sometimes it is impossible to know amid the questions about safety. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, and while we are in the middle of covering whirlwind election campaign, tonight, something else deserves our immediate attention at the top of the broadcast. while the calendar may tell us we're days away from halloween and the november election, for that matter, it is still hurricane season. and hurricane sandy has experienced what forecasters are calling a stunning increase in size and in intensity. this late-season storm has already caused flooding in jamaica, damage in cuba, and haiti, and because it has the potential to affect more than 50 million americans along the east coast population centers, if it indeed combines with another storm and makes u.s. landfall a
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Oct 26, 2012 4:00am PDT
shows republican mitt romney with an edge over president obama. according to a new abc news "washington post" poll, 50% of likely voters now support governor romney. that's verses 47% who favor the president. yesterday the president wrapped up a whirlwind two-day campaign blitz with a stop in chicago to cast an early ballot. that's a first for a presidential nominee. and yes, he did have to show his id. >>> mitt romney made three stops in ohio on thursday. he told voters this campaign is about families and said his main goal is getting people back to work. >> i want regulators to see their job as encouraging business, not attacking business because i want more jobs. my priority is jobs, jobs, jobs. we're going to get them here in ohio. >>> nbc's brian williams spent the past two days on the campaign trail with president obama, often gaining exclusive access to the commander in chief. the president talked to brian about the election verses the job itself. >> it's funny. one of the things about being on the campaign trail, you're in "air force one," marine one, these big motor
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Oct 25, 2012 4:30am PDT
talks about his biggest rival not named romney. >> what's this thing with trump and you? it's like me and letterman, what has he got against you here? >> hear how the president answered that question coming up. >> it's actually very funny. >>> plus, where are the president and mitt romney campaigning today? we have all the details to show you coming up. >>> and if you want to go to the world series, get ready to dish out a lot of cash and we're not even talking about how much a ticket costs. >>> welcome back, everyone. look at that, at&t park. boy, was that place all lit up. lit up this morning but lit up with excitement last night. fans were going crazy with those rally towels last night. game 2 is tonight. >>> empty that bank account, you're going to need some money if you're headed to the world series. very, very expensive and we're not even talking about the game ticket. "today in the bay's" cheryl hurd tells us more. >> this morning it looks like it's going to be 1600 just to get a standing spot in right field. sitting would have been $2,000 or more. >> reporter: a quick calcu
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Oct 23, 2012 4:30am PDT
painting governor romney as a lightweight on foreign affairs. >> every time you've offered an opinion you've been wrong. your strategy previously has been one that has been all over the map. >> attacking me is not an agenda. >> reporter: the government agreed with president obama on key issues like ending the war in afghanistan and keeping our military out of syria. he steered clear on criticizing on libya after a mistake last time and he argued sanctions for iran came too late due to weak leadership. >> i look around the world and i don't see our influence growing around the world, i see our influence receding. we can't kill our way out of this mess. >> reporter: governor romney said it's because we've got a smaller military. >> governor, we also have fewer horses and bay nets. >> reporter: what, if any, impact did this final debate have on undecided voters? >> romney just agreed with the president a lot and i was surprised there wasn't more distinction between them. >> i was hoping in this debate that he would have said something that would have encouraged me and gave me the same fe
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Oct 24, 2012 4:30am PDT
telling americans governor romney cannot be trusted. this, coming as another new poll shows mr. romney closing that gap with voters. nbc's tracie potts. >> reporter: stamina alone won this election, it might be a draw. president obama in eight states over three days. will tape the tonight show in l.a. tonight and vote tomorrow in chicago. romney hits nevada and iowa today. ohio tomorrow. after telling voters in colorado last night the debate super charged his campaign. he's only one point behind statistically a tie. in the latest reuters poll. >> the president's status quo campaign, you know, going forward with the same ideas as we've seen over the last four years is why he's slipping. >> reporter: in response, president obama showing off his four-year plan in the new booklet being distributed to 3.5 million voters. >> unlike mitt romney, i'm proud to talk about what's in my plan. because first of all the math adds up. >> reporter: he's telling america mitt romney can't be trusted. >> everything he's doing right now is to hide his real position and try to win this election. >> reporter
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Oct 27, 2012 5:30pm PDT
on the obama and romney campaigns. just ten days until the election. it could have a big effect on early voting in several swing states and already both campaigns have cancelled or rescheduled events to get out of the way of the storm. we've got both campaigns covered. we want to begin with kristen welker who's traveling with the pret in new hampshire. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. president obama is facing a big challenge. he's got to juggle campaigning in the final days with managing a potentially devastating storm. now this hurricane has already impacted his schedule to some extent. he was able to make a stop here in new hampshire. this is a small state that carries a lot of significance. president obama trying to get ahead of hurricane sandy which could diminish his campaign schedule this week. today he visited new hampshire, a state with only four electoral votes, but with the race deadlocked, the president can't afford to leave anything to chance. >> ten days, new hampshire! ten days. >> reporter: the president didn't mention the hurricane in his r
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Oct 24, 2012 4:00am PDT
about race and god's intentions that mitt romney quickly distances himself from. >>> sprint for the white house. the candidates hit the swing states hard as polls begin to shift. and the need for speed. driving 85 miles per hour in the u.s. starting today. it's perfectly legal. we'll tell you where. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> well, good morning. i'm lynn berry. the romney campaign could be waking up to a brand new political headache as yet another republican candidate makes explosive comments about rape two months after the controversy over todd akin's legitimate rape remark. this time it was during a u.s. senate debate in indiana last night. richard murdock and his opponents were asked about abortion when murdock said this. >> i believe that life begins at conception. the only exception i have for -- to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. i just -- i struggled with it myself for a long time, but i came to realize life is that gift from god and i think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that g
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Oct 23, 2012 11:00am PDT
aggressive so far while challenger mitt romney was more subdued. the president defended his record as mitt romney made his point that america is weaker than it was four years ago. >> i congratulated him on taking out osama bin laden and going after the leadership in al qaeda, but we can't kill our way out of this mess. >> governor romney, i'm glad that you recognize that al qaeda's a threat because a few months ago when you were asked what is the biggest go political threat facing america you said russia. not al qaeda. >> president obama and governor romney came into their third and final debate tied. now in past debates it has been big bird and binders. this time around it is another big b word -- >> we have fewer horses and bayon bayonets. >> that was president obama's response to a claim by mitt romney that the navy is smaller now than any other time since 1917. blue up on twitter more than a half hour after the debate. the #horsesandbayonets was trending. the comment saw 100,000 tweets per minute linked to that jab. overnight it went to the top of google's top five rising searc
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Oct 22, 2012 4:30am PDT
romney take the stage tonight. new violence in libya, lebanon, syria and the white house denying reports of nuclear talks with iran. >> the sanctions regime that president obama has put together with israel and many nations around the world is putting pressure on iran. >> under president romney you would not have to haggle with the white house about sanctions. >> what worries me is just a series of statements that show that he's not ready for primetime. >> reporter: a new ad highlights what the president will likely bring up tonight, governor romney's quick public reaction to the deaths in libya. >> all to score political points. that's disgraceful. >> reporter: expect governor romney to press the president on two weeks of inconsistencies about who was behind the attacks. >> exhibit a of a failed national security strategy. >> america can't lose, all right? >> reporter: governor romney took a football break from studying this weekend. president obama was at camp david. nbc's latest poll shows the race dead locked, 47-47 among likely voters. >> sitting at 47 is a good number for a
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Oct 28, 2012 8:00am PDT
states where this election will be won. the final push has president obama and governor romney fire storming seven critical states across the country in the hunt for 270 electoral votes. is argument -- >> unemployment is falling. manufacturing is coming back. >> the passion. this is an election about big things. about big choices. >> and the ground game. the critical effort to deliver key voting groups to the polls. this morning, we hear about it all from key figures on the ground. all important ohio. can romney win the white house without it? we'll ask the state republican governor, john casic. wisconsin governor scott walker and colorado's democratic governor, john. analysis on what will tip the scales in this tight presidential race. from the round table, from msnbc, rachel maddow, new york times columnist david brooks, washington post columnist, former ceo of hewlett packard, carly. our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good morning on this sunday. as if it wasn't enough to have this
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Oct 26, 2012 11:00am PDT
romney working very hard for their money and votes in the battle ground state of ohio. we have tracie potts with the latest on the race for the white house. >> reporter: president obama is back at the white house this morning after hitting eight states in two days, including something we have never seen before. >> you are right. >> reporter: a president voting early. >> it means you don't have to figure out whether you need to take time off work to figure out how to pick up the kids and still cast your ballot. if something happens on election day. >> reporter: if there is any doubt which state could swing the election, the president wrapped his tour in ohio. >> i have come to ohio today to ask you for your vote. >> reporter: governor romney spent all day in ohio. >> now that's an ohio welcome. thank you! >> reporter: and paul ryan launches a bus tour in ohio this weekend. >> the choice is yours on november 6th. >> reporter: today, governor romney is in iowa talking about the economy after greeting a crowd of 12,000 at a concert last night in ohio. >> this campaign is growing. t
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Oct 22, 2012 5:00pm PDT
, tonight. the latest nbc news/wall street journal poll shows president obama and governor romney in a dead heat, 47 to 47 among likely voters. >> that tells you the potential for this race to be a little unexpected. >> reporter: tonight the candidates take on foreign policy. governor romney is expected to question president obama's handling of the violence at the u.s. consulate in libya that led to four american deaths. also likely on tonight's agenda, iran's controversial nuclear program and relations with israel. so what should you, the voter be watching for during this final debate before the election? we went to dennis gordon, chair of the political science department at santa clara university for advice. >> are there any grand issues that emerge? does mitt romney raise a question about the soviet nuclear arsenal? sometimes president obama is criticized for signing an arms control treaty with the soviets that the americans claim he gave away too much to him. >> reporter: see if they go beyond to global, humanitarian issues. and read between the rhetoric. do the candidates have a p
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Oct 25, 2012 10:00pm PDT
que palabras utilizar√ćas para romney campaigns asking for access time on the road, ride along access to the traveling campaign in the final days. while the romney camp is still considering our request, tonight we bring you a look at what it's like inside the president's campaign for president. this latest trip that we were on, an all-nighter last night, is just wrapping up late tonight. he has covered eight states in just about 39 hours, crisscrossing the country for almost 8,000 miles. we spent much of the last two days with him, living on air force one as he makes his case to be able to ride around in that plane and continue in the presidency for four more years. our journey began first thing yesterday morning. >>> 7:59 a.m., air force one was rolled out of its hangar in the dark, filled with supplies, enough for the stops we're making today. we just got word the president is about two minutes from liftoff from the white house lawn on board marine one. the helicopter will land forward of the 747. he will walk to the front stairs. as soon as he is on board and the door is closed, we
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Oct 23, 2012 5:30pm PDT
of them had a plot line. at the first one, the president underperformed against governor romney. at the second debate, both men were amped up. and last night's plot line appears to be the president's foreign policy attack and mitt romney's movement to the center on a number of issues. decreasing the policy distance between the two men as 60 million americans watched on live television. starting today, there was a new sense of urgency out on the trail. now, the travel becomes urgent and frenetic. every second counts and so does every state. we have it all covered and we begin with nbc's peter alexander traveling with the romney campaign in henderson, nevada. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. as you just noted, nearly 60 million americans watched last night's debate. in fact, that was the smallest number of the three presidential debates. over the next two weeks as they bounce across the country, effectively hop scotching one another. both sides believe tonight they are in the driver's seat. >> give it up for -- >> reporter: kicking off their final 14 days
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Oct 29, 2012 4:00am PDT
president obama and mitt romney's campaign plans with just eight days before america votes. >>> and the san francisco giants are 2012 world series champions. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. hurricane sandy is bearing down on the east coast. 60 million people are bracing for impact across the northeast with waves growing ever more ominous overnight. and the threat of storm surges anywhere from four to 11 feet high. this is the scene about 100 miles north of boston. hundreds of thousands have been told to evacuate in coastal areas all the way into new england. the mid-atlantic is already dealing with flooding from a storm that has claimed 65 lives in the caribbean and has the potential to paralyze new york and other big cities. >>> this morning, president obama signed three emergency declarations for connecticut, and rhode island, clearing the way for fema. let's get right to bill karins and the weather channel forecast. what's it looking like right now. >> sandy is an amazing anomaly. this storm this time of year should
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Oct 26, 2012 7:00am PDT
as governor romney heads to iowa and the biggest battleground state ohio. chuck todd is in cincinnati this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. you could be forgiven if you thought barack obama and mitt romney were running for the presidency of ohio. they have been here a lot, were here a lot yesterday because both campaigns believe this state is that critical to their prospects in 11 days. president obama wrapped up a 48 hour eight state battleground blitz in ohio, and with a hoarse voice questioned his opponent's trustworthiness. >> there's no more serious issue in a presidential campaign than trust. trust matters. you know what, ohio, after all these years, you now know me. you know that i mean what i say. >> reporter: at almost exactly the same moment 150 miles west, mitt romney took the stage in defiance, ohio, and borrowing a page from president obama's 2008 play book called himself the candidate of change. >> this is a time when america faces big challenges, we have a big election. we want a president that will bring big changes and i will and he won't
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Oct 29, 2012 7:00am PDT
now cancelled an event for tomorrow scheduled for green bay, wisconsin and governor romney has also cancelled some of his events. we'll have more on the impact on the presidential race. >> we have correspondents stationed all up and down the east coast. let's start with al roker. >> reporter: if you look back at this beech there's usually on a beautiful sunny day from these dunes out to the water's edge about 150 feet as you can see. that is gone. and it is enencroacroaching on dunes. sandy is threatening these dunes and the winds are picking up. sandy has 85 mile-per-hour winds. it is moving north-northwest at 20 miles per hour. so it's picked up forward speed. and at this at any rate it will be reaching the new jersey shore line sometime within the early evening hours to mid to late evening hours here along the shore line. once that happens as you can see on the path all bets off. this is a massive storm. over 800 miles wide. doesn't matter where it hits. but, the northeast quadrant of the storm is the worst part and that's where it will cause problems for new york, coastal new je
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Oct 23, 2012 6:00pm PDT
give up florida? will romney walk away from nevada and iowa? it's all about taking the road to get to those 270 electoral votes. >> we saw it today, mr. obama in florida, romney in nevada and denver. we talked about the electoral college. what about the voters? >> for voters, it's all about what campaigns call the ground game. about three dozen states are now engaged in early voting already. both campaigns will do everything possible to get the votes out now, especially from those voters they think opposed to them. romney will go after seniors. obama will go after college students. romney will try to peel off at least 60% of the white vote. obama will work for about 80% of the nonwhite vote. as in the past, race will be a pervasive factor. they have each done a lot of data mining at this point. they know where the votes are. of course, the votes are no good unless the votes are cast. and this is the kind of struggle that will continue throughout the period right through election day. it's political, hand-to-hand combat and nothing less. >> we're kind of both marveling at this, down
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Oct 28, 2012 3:30pm PDT
presidential race, it's already having an affect on both sides. peter alexander is traveling with the romney campaign tonight. he's in marion, ohio. peter good evening. >> reporter: the storm has already shaken up this race between the candidates, the running mates and their wives, more than a dozen events have been cancelled. in the campaign's waning days, president obama is forced to juggle dual responsibilities, ensuring to the nation's readiness for hurricane sandy while campaigning. asked if it would affect early morning. >> we don't anticipate that at this point. >> reporter: the storm is already having an impact on some early voting, a key to success for many campaigns. both campaigns today announce halting- >> i know that right now some people in the country are a little nervous about a storm about to hit the coast and our thought and prayers are with the people who will find themselveses in harm's way. >> meanwhile both campaigns are touting a string of endosment. >> reporter: and governor romney is scheduled to arrive at this event in marion ohio. the president is already en route
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Oct 23, 2012 5:00pm PDT
middle class security. mitt romney and paul ryan begin their two-week push with a stop in another swing state, nevada. tonight they'll attend a rally in denver which features a musical performance by kid rock. both candidates are claiming victory in last night's debate, which coined a new catchphrase, horses and bayonets. >> governor we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed. >> that was president obama's response to a complaint by mitt romney that the navy is smaller now than it was in 1917. after the debate, the hash tag horses and bayonets was trending. it prompted more than 100,000 tweets per minute. overnighthorse and bayonets went to the top of google's top five searches. >>> halloween is just two weeks away. costume stores are busy right now. >> in the east bay, halloween is their christmas. garvin thomas shows us how we can all learn a thing or two about life from the store's owner. >> judy townsend said she doesn't quite remember when it began, but she always thought it would be cool to own a mannequin. then one day about a dozen year
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Oct 27, 2012 5:00pm PDT
romney was trying to nail down support in florida. >> we are going to win this. you know that. we're going to win. >> reporter: going into the last full week of the presidential campaign both candidates are reaching out to undecided voters. >> i'm asking you to compare my plan with governor romney's. i want you to know what we're proposing, each of us, and see which plan is better for you. >> four years ago then candidate barack obama spoke about big things. now he's reduced to talking about small things. he is shrinking from the magnitude of the times. >> reporter: while early voting is under way in several states, the threat of hurricane sandy is throwing both campaigns into disarray. governor romney and running mate paul ryan were forced to cancel events in virginia and instead turn their attention to ohio, the state that's looking more and more like a clencher. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> speaking of crunching, halfway there. the giants have a 2-0 lead going into game three of the world series tonight against the tigers. nba bay area is in detroit with more for us. >>
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Oct 26, 2012 5:00pm PDT
economy continues to improve, but that gop rival mitt romney and president obama disagree about whether the glass is half full or half empty. nbc bay area's steve handelsman is standing by live in washington, d.c. as we edge closer and closer to election day, steve. >> thanks. ohio may still be the keys. no republican has ever won the white house without winning that state, and this year's nominee is campaigning as if that still is a rule. mitt romney took a break from his ohio marathon and went to iowa. >> we're going to create 12 million new jobs in just four years. we'll see rising take-home pay, and we'll get america's economy growing at 4% a year, more than double this year's rate. >> reporter: the former governor has improved his poll numbers because since the first debate, more voters just like him. >> mitt romney used to be upside down in terms of his likability. well, that's no longer the case. >> reporter: back in lebanon, ohio, a pretty town in the key swing state. >> that's true. >> reporter: these sisters sell furniture. cassie voted for barack obama in '08, but decided to
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Oct 23, 2012 5:00am PDT
that president obama controlled this debate much like mitt romney controlled the first one. is that a fair assessment? >> i think the president feels really good about his performance in the debate. it was much less contentious than in the town hall. it was much more civilized last night. i think the president was probably very satisfied with his performance and most reports i've seen suggest that he feels like he's the winner of that debate last night. >> in your opinion, do you think that's fair? >> i do think that he did what he needed to do. that he seemed in command. usually the president has a home court advantage when it comes to foreign policy, and i think that he felt much more comfortable than he did in the first debate. he felt very comfortable talking with what he's done. mitt romney has no record on foreign policy since he's not been the president so that gives the president a natural advantage and i think it made him feel more comfortable and helped set the tone. >> there are definitely a few moments getting quite a bit of play today in the media. let's talk about some o
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Oct 21, 2012 3:30pm PDT
romney took time out to toss the coin before a beach football game before his staff and his press corps. the president was at camp david where he'll spend the night before heading to florida. with both canning ddidates prac, surrogates took up the battle. >> mitt romney could onto point to binders for an accomplishment towards him. a binder full of women. >> even more startling is the president's inability to putford an agenda for the next four years. >> in mid-september the president led 50-45. the numbers show an evenly divided country overall. the president's job approval holding steady at 69%. the economy at 46%, and the poll also shows a clear enthusiasm gap. the president has a 49-44 lead among all registered voters, but that 47-47 tie of unlikely means the president is more enthusiastic and more likely to vote. 62% said they wanted major changes if he eastsi's elected. david axelrod has always said he expected a very slows race. >> it's very robust and it's very good indicator for us. >> even ann romney got into the campaign. >> reporter: one of the big parts of tomorrow ni
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Oct 26, 2012 4:30am PDT
morning president obama and governor romney both looking for voters with both candidates camped out in the battleground state of ohio. nbc's tracie potts has the latest on that race for the white house. >> reporter: president obama is back at the white house this morning after hitting eight states in two days, including something we've never seen before. >> i'll need some i.d. >> oh, you're right. >> reporter: a president voting early. >> it means you don't have to figure out whether you need to take time off work, figure out how to pick up the kids and still cast your ballot. if something happens on election day. >> reporter: if there's any doubt which state could swing this election, the president wrapped his whirlwind tour in ohio. >> i've come to ohio today to ask you for your vote. >> reporter: governor romney spent all day in ohio. >> now that's an ohio welcome. thank you! >> reporter: and paul ryan launches a bus tour in ohio this weekend. >> the choice is yours on november the 6th. >> reporter: today governor romney is in iowa talking about the economy, after greeting a crow
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Oct 25, 2012 5:00pm PDT
even the final sprint. it's exhausting. mitt romney is soldiering on. barack obama's making his marathon part of his message. president obama started the day hoarse. >> i just have to keep on keepin' on. >> he had been in iowa on the tonight show in l.a., in nevada for a laterally, then to air force one, a call to colin powell after the general endorsed the president on cbs. >> i think we ought to keep on the track we're on. >> reporter: at 9:00 a.m., florida, the president trails by two points. >> i have a plan that will create jobs. and unlike mitt romney, i'm proud to talk about that plan. >> on to richmond, the race in virginia is still tied. nationwide the obama lead with women has disappeared. he's reminding us that a republican 123459 candidate tuesday said, if a woman gets pregnant after being raped it's god's will. >> i don't think any male politician should be making health care decisions for women. >> reporter: mitt romney too was on the move in his must-win state in ohio. cincinnati at 11:00. >> the path we're on is the path that doesn't have an answer about how to g
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Oct 22, 2012 11:00pm PDT
. >>> campaign 2012. president obama and governor romney sparred in the third and final debate of the election tonight. the candidates also found a lot of common ground. it remains to be seen if either candidate will get the much sought after bump in the poll. the last poll had the two neck in neck. if you attempt to cast a ballot and have it registered, the deadline is fast approaching. george? >> you have 45 minutes to register to vote. there is a deadline. these people stopped by to register throughout the day, and many of those say they're definitely going to watch the third and final debate between president barack obama and governor mitt romney. >> what we need to do is strong relationship, not the reckless leadership all over the map. he criticized his american leadership on the world stage. and how to have the middle east reject theerertism we're changes and the rising tide of confusion. and attacking me is not agenda. >> back and forth they wept over china and iran. they called the navy plan outdated. >> we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our militar
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Oct 21, 2012 7:00am PDT
obama and republican challenger mitt romney will hold their third and final debate tomorrow night on the subject of foreign policy. this weekend while they hunker down to study and practice the vice presidential candidates took the lead on the campaign trail. paul ryan tried to turn the tide in the must-win battleground state of ohio while vice president biden was fighting for the key electoral prize of florida. >> such a huge say so in all of this. ohio is the battleground of battleground states. >> we need you. we need you. with you we can take forward and we take florida, this election is over. >> boca raton florida is the site of the final presidential debate. president will travel to iowa, colorado, nevada, florida and virginia and chicago and ohio. romney will join runningmate paul ryan at a rally in las vegas on tuesday. >>> new this morning, former democratic presidential nominee george mcgovern is dead. his family says he died a few hours ago at a hospice in south dakota. he lost the 1972 election for president richard nixon in a landslide. before his run for the white house
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Oct 22, 2012 6:00am PDT
, foreign policy. mitt romney has said on his first day of the presidency, he will declare china a currency manipulat manipulator, which most economists honestly would agree with that, it is. but the reason presidents don't say that out loud is the accusation sets off a set of legal restrictions against china, which makes most of our stuff, after all, and holds a great deal of our debt. so once you say it as president, things begin to happen. if romney does say that, let me know. i'll be watching the giants. >> i'll tweet it to you. that will be a topic back and forth tonight. >>> keeping our eye on the forecast luckily is meteorologist christina loren. >> speaking of the giants, let's go ahead and start. we want to show you the field this morning before our heroes take on at&t park later on today. they have got the tarp out for good reason. heavy downpours coming down over san francisco and the greater bay area as we speak. that's not going to keep our boys down. i think if we do see any showers around the park tonight, it's going to be around 7:00 to 9:00. we'll take a closer loo
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Oct 25, 2012 5:00am PDT
night. meantime mitt romney has a nonstop list of appearances all day long, including ohio today. tracie potts is live on capitol hill. with just 12 days left until that election, the candidates no doubt going full throttle ahead on this one, right? >> reporter: absolutely, jon, especially in those battleground states. several of them could swing this election and that's why we're seeing them focus there. let's start with the president because we have new video of him landing in tampa, florida. it is one of the four states he plans to be today. one of those being illinois. he's going home to vote. he'll also campaign in virginia and ohio. all of that in one day. he made a stop by a doughnut shop after pulling that all-nighter on the plane. governor romney is focused today. he's got three campaign stops all in the same state. all in the critical battleground state of ohio. on the campaign trail he started talking about personal stories and emphasizing families. he says this will be a defining election for families and he is mentioning the debate saying they have supercharged his campaign.
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Oct 25, 2012 7:00am PDT
say i mean. >> what's the dynamic like between you and mitt romney? >> oh, i think when you're candidates, that you -- and you haven't really interacted before, you can't say that you've got a real relationship there. >> so reports, especially just observations watching the two of you, you don't appear to like each other very much. you appear to tolerate each other because you have to. >> you know, i don't think that any relationship between me and mitt romney is different from previous presidential campaigns. i mean, john mccain i knew because i'd served with him in the senate. but i think if you look at george bush and john kerry, or george bush and al gore, first president bush and bill clinton, i don't think anybody would say that while you were in the middle of a campaign that you felt deep affection for the other guy because, you know, look, you're fighting for competing visions. but what i think the american people understand is that this is not about two individuals or even two political parties. this is about two different visions for the country and how we are going t
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Oct 29, 2012 2:00am PDT
president obama and governor romney fire storming seven critical states across the country in the hunt for 270 electoral votes. is argument -- >> unemployment is falling. manufacturing is coming back. >> the passion. this is an election about big things. about big choices. >> and the ground game. the critical effort to deliver key voting groups to the polls. this morning, we hear about it all from key figures on the ground. all important ohio. can romney win the white house without it? we'll ask the state republican governor, john casic. wisconsin governor scott walker and colorado's democratic governor, john. analysis on what will tip the scales in this tight presidential race. from the round table, from msnbc, rachel maddow, new york times columnist david brooks, washington post columnist, former ceo of hewlett packard, carly. our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good morning on this sunday. as if it wasn't enough to have this tight race, we have inically mat weather bearing down on the east
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Oct 26, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. but today mitt romney took a break from his ohio marathon and went to -- a romney administration will reach across the aisle to get things down in washington. >> these things we can only do if we bridge the divide between the political parties. we're going to meet with democrat and republican leaders in washington regularly. >> president obama is back in washington after wrapping up a 48-hour, eight-state campaign blitz. he's resting by the way his hoarse voice. harry reid is all right after his motorcade got in an incident. the 72-year-old reid suffered rib and hip injuries, six cars, including two las vegas police cars and two capital police vehicles were involved in this early afternoon crash. several members of reid's security team and staffers also suffered minor injuries. >>> not old enough to legally ride a bike or scooter without a bike helmet but old enough to work in the field. tonight on nbc bay area investigation, it's child labor, prompting a new push to change that law. a california congresswoman is calling for new protection for kids who work in agriculture. steven
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Oct 23, 2012 7:00am PDT
fires some schwab barbs while governor romney emphasizes where the two agree. >> in the 1980s or now, calling to ask for their foreign policy back. >> attacking me is not an agenda. >> this morning reaction from both running mates. vice president joe biden and congressman paul ryan as the campaign enters the two-week sprint to election day today, tuesday, october 23rd, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. >> the presidential debates wrapped up with a high-energy performance from president obama. meanwhile, governor romney criticized the president for his foreign policy record over the last four years, and it had a different feel from any of the other two. >> yeah. we have had three very distinct debates. debate season is over. two weeks to election day, but here's how it's all playing out this morning in the papers. the headline in "usa today," obama, romne
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Oct 24, 2012 11:00pm PDT
biggest rival not mitt romney. >> what's this big thing? it's like me and letterman. >> here how the president answered that one coming un. >> also, the world series you haven't seen. what it takes to cover this international event. we'll look at the media crush in the bay area. >> the custody dispute over this 77 pound dachund. find out who's fighting over the pooch. >> good evening, weather center attracts a few showers. but, ochk, nothing the giants could bt handle. it's going to be all about a warming trend coming our way. our detail when the 80s return in that 7-day forecast coming up. >>> crushed by a crane, investigators are trying to figure out how a crane mechanic was killed at the port of oakland today. he was hit by a moving part suffering massive head and chest injuries. he was taken to the hospital where he later died. workers have not been released but now osha is on site investigating. >> the beach remains closed where a man was killed in a shark attack. experts have more clues about that shark that bit francisco, sol aurks rio junior. they say it was a 15-16 foot grea
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Oct 21, 2012 6:00am PDT
legacy. >>> battleground: florida. president obama and mitt romney getting set to face off here in the sunshine state tomorrow in their final debate. the polls show a razor tight race with voters here potentially holding the key to the white house. we're live in tampa on the front lines. >>> and too young -- a startling new documentary shines a light on how young girls are influenced sexually by pop culture and social media. why you may want to keep a closer eye on what your kids are watching. "today," sunday, october 21st, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" decision 2012. battleground: florida with lester holt live from tampa, florida, and jenna wolfe, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to a special edition of "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt reporting from the university of tampa, our first stop in a tour of the three key battleground states in this year's presidential election. we'll be doing this the next few weekends. my colleague, jenna wolfe is back in studio 1a. jenna, good morning, good
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Oct 22, 2012 6:00pm PDT
romney. when they leave the stage tonight after 90 minutes together these two men are not expected to see one another again until after the election two weeks from now. it is safe to say neither campaign in either its wildest dreams nor worst fears expected to be in a dead heat with 15 days to go. but that's what our national poll shows. as of tonight, our nbc news national polling has it this way. 47% obama, 47% romney. tonight's topic is foreign affairs. our moderator, bob schieffer of cbs news. last time these two men debated, it was instantly labeled the most contentious event of its kind in the modern political era. a lot of it had to do with body lang age as they circled each other. tonight they'll be seated and thankfully separated by the moderator, all of this happening in a critical battleground state of florida. so without further delay, we'll go now to the moderator, bob schieffer, who will be leading us through tonight's debate. >> good evening from the campus of lynn university here in boca raton, florida. this is the fourth and last debate of the 2012 campaign brought
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Oct 26, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >> republican nominee mitt romney is in iowa this morning after giving a talk on the economy yesterday in ohio. new polls continue to show a tight race in colorado where nbc meris has the candidates tied n nevada the president leads just three points among likely voters. >>> meantime that campaign cash just continues to pour in with both candidates expected to raise $2 billion by election day. from the start of 2011 through mid-october, president obama raised about $1.6 billion. romney pulled in $954 million. 2012 expected to be the most expensive presidential candidate -- or actually campaign in the history of the world. >>> si6:17 right now. we want to check in with scott mcgrew keeping tabs on business this morning. >> apple famous for setting fairly low forecasts when it comes to profits and then blowing past them. so last night when it actually met its own forecast, well, in a weird way that was a disappointment for the markets. apple said it sold fewer ipads than analysts were hoping. you kind of blame the company for that, because it's possible fans were waiting to buy
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Oct 26, 2012 5:30pm PDT
romney is, peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you as hurricane sandy takes aim on the east coast, forecasters are not the only ones on alert, the campaign strategists are, as well. with crews defending against potentially devastating flooding in virginia, the campaign cancelled a rally. officials in north carolina say they could suspend early voting, if needed. in ohio, snow threatens to hurt the voting efforts. in iowa today, he was introduced by a situation with the state's senior senator. >> we'll put america on a new path to a new day with a new president. obama. a new president romney, pardon me. >> time for new bold changes that measure up to the moment, that can bring the american families to the certainty that the future will be better than the past. >> reporter: speaking to a construction plant that benefitted from mr. obama's stimulus money help, he blasted the opponent. >> we're the nine million jobs that the president promised. >> reporter: president obama targeted the most loyal supporters without ever leaving washington, courting young voters now on t
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Oct 21, 2012 11:00pm PDT
. governor romney took a break from debate practice to cheer on his staff in a game of flag football in florida. as he tossed the coin results were like the presidential race right now, a little hard to call. supporter say he is gaining momentum. >> we like the way florida is going. we always predicted it would go this way. >> if you look at the polling it is trending our way. >> we think it is a better indicator than the public polls which are frankly all over the map. >> both sides are hoping to change the latest poll numbers during tomorrow's debate boca raton, florida. the topic, foreign policy. >>> a former u.s. senator who lost the presidential race to richard nixon has died. george mcgovern was the democratic candidate for president in 1972. mcgovern represented south dakota for four years in the house and 18 years in the senate. last week his family disclosed he had entered hospice care. he died this morning surrounded by his family and long-time friends. george mcgovern was 90 years old. gas prices are on the way down. the national average for a gallon of gasoline has fallen 8.
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Oct 22, 2012 4:00am PDT
romney, the subject, afghanistan, libya, iran, your world. >>> political poll position. the race is tightening with 15 days before america votes. latest numbers ahead. >>> and breaking n on lance armstrong's future. we'll have the details right now. >> this is "early today" for monday, october 22nd, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. heading into tonight's third and final presidential debate, our new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows election night could be a cliffhanger with the candidates now dead even. nbc news political director and political correspondent chuck todd breaks down the numbers. >> reporter: the new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows the candidates in a 47-47 tie among likely voters. in mid september, the president led 50-45. the numbers show an evenly divided country overall. the president's job approval holding steady at 49%. economic approval down at 46%. foreign policy approval at 49%. the poll also shows a clear enthusiasm gap. the president has a 49-44 lead among all regis
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Oct 22, 2012 7:00am PDT
governor romney could not be closer, raising the stakes even higher for tonight's third and final presidential debate. >>> and they walked away, a man stepped into the path of an oncoming car. the split second move that saved his life. today is monday, october 22nd, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012 with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning. welcome to a special edition of "today," i am savannah guthrie. >> and i'm willie geist in for matt. more on the new poll numbers and tonight's final presidential debate in boca raton. first, savannah, your heart goes out to the victims of the mass shooting in suburban milwaukee. >> terrible story. the shooter identified as 45-year-old radcliffe hot en. he opened fire at a busy salon sunday morning killing three people, wounding four others. he then turned the gun on himself. his wife worked at the spa and had just recently been granted a restraining order against her husband. we're going to get the very latest on this investigation straight ahea
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Oct 22, 2012 5:30pm PDT
chemistry of the race in mitt romney's favor, the second debate was a verbal fight. it got the president back on his feet. the topic is foreign policy, but the sheer closeness is hanging over their head. the president arrived in florida today, aware he needs to do well in tonight's debate, the race being closer than ever. the polls show a dramatic divide within the 47-47 tie. there is that gender gap, the president up in percentage with women. mitt romney's lead with men is a commanding 33 points, but hispanics by a 70-25 margin strongly prefer the president mr. romney spent the day behind closed doors where the press was not allowed, inspecting the table where he and the president will sit. he knows the subject matter tonight puts him at a disadvantage, something he found out in the second debate. >> you said in the rose garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror. it was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you're saying? >> please proceed, governor. >> all right, i want to make sure we get that for the record. because it took the president 14 days before
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